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Old August 1, 2014, 05:11 PM   #51
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Talk to DD4 as he has a few options and his prices are excellent. He and Kaido are the only ones I know of that cast and sell other than Lee RN conicals, and Kaido's are just too pricey and why I learned to cast myself ($50/100 + shipping).
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:14 PM   #52
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Nice! So does yours fit in the 1858 cylinder pretty well?
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:15 PM   #53
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Yes, but a fellow reamed my chambers to .449" from .446". It's slightly easier I suppose, but the idea was to get it closer to groove diameter so as to make a better bore seal.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:18 PM   #54
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Casting is relatively easy. The good thing is that you can melt back down any of your mistakes.

I went with cheap Lee casting equipment and spent about $100, which got me a small pot, ladle, 2 RB molds, gloves, eye protection and a small fan (too small it seems). My custom mold cost twice that, but it has 3 different designs in a 5 cavity mold.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:19 PM   #55
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I'll contact him. Much obliged for all your help.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:21 PM   #56
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Yes sir!
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:25 PM   #57
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I've been considering having another mold made for my Pietta '58 that drop a heavier bullet than the 195 grn one I have as my 285 grn bullet is rather long and it would likely reduce the powder charge too much. Maybe something between 240-260 grns.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:29 PM   #58
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You let me know & I'll go in with ya on supply costs.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:32 PM   #59
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I strongly urge you to look into casting. It's well worth it I believe. And it gives one the ability to do for themselves and not be tied to any issues other than maybe lead availability.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:36 PM   #60
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Regardless a 195 grn bullet is still likely to be a better penetrator than a 140 something grn RB.

I'm not sure how the perfectly round frontal section of a ball compares to a RN which is often oblong and more pointy than round. But I doubt a ball is close enough to a WFN or wadcutter. I'd still think it closer to a WFN than a RN though judging by the holes in paper.

And I've read of an account in which a ball shot from a pistol made a complete passthrough of a deer's chest. It astounds me what a ball is capable of as it defies what's "known."
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:40 PM   #61
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Do you have a chronograph?
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Old August 1, 2014, 07:08 PM   #62
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I dont. Maybe I should get one in the future. Yeah, I'd love to learn how to cast. The more self reliant the better, I think. Now, these v probably seem like silly questions, but like I said, I'm new to BP, but what would the difference be between a WFN & a wadcutter Be. Are there hollow pints available? Basically, what would do the most damage to a hog (not a man)?
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Old August 2, 2014, 11:53 AM   #63
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A WFN has a slight taper to it whereas a WC does not.

Here is a WC:

http://leeprecision.com/mold-dc-tl358-148wc.html

I'm not aware of any HP's, but have contemplated it myself. But it would likely require a modified loading ram as the pressure would likely deform the hollow point cavity. I think you would need to tap the ram so as to be able to screw on a pointy attachment the same dimensions as the hollow point cavity. This way it can't deform it.

Though a hollow point will certainly cause a larger wound, it will also have a more shallow penetration. A .45 cal hole isn't small per se, and those that hunt hogs with pistols use hard cast bullets that won't expand, and this from magnums.
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Old August 2, 2014, 07:02 PM   #64
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Alright then, I'm sold. WFN it is.
Thanks for your help.
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